Spinach and Fontina Bruschetta

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Today is a super awesome and special Secret Recipe Club day – we’re all posting about tailgating foods!! When I first learned that there would be a special theme day all about tailgating recipes (aka, my favorite food group), I was so excited, so I’m thrilled that reveal day is finally here. I think that maybe even causal blog readers/Instagram and Twitter followers can see pretty easily that I am a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I have been counting down the days until the season starts since the Monday after the Super Bowl (10 days to go!), and I’m so ready for it to finally be here. One of the most fun parts of watching football is snacking on yummy food, and all throughout the year I have my eye out for new gameday snacks to try.

For this special edition of the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Tara’s Multicultural Table, written by Tara, a wife and mom who has lived in some pretty amazing places! Her love of travel has extended to the kitchen, and on her blog, she shares delicious recipes inspired by cultures from around the globe. I can’t wait to try her Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, Cookies and Cream White Chocolate Mousse, and Lemon Pikelets.

For a tailgating recipe though, I was so excited to try this Spinach and Fontina Bruschetta recipe! I already had a bag of spinach in the fridge, and I knew this would be the perfect way to use it up. TJ and I both love bruschetta, and truth be told, we ended up just eating this for lunch one day. I mean, it was seriously THAT good. I loved all the garlic in this recipe, and the slight heat from the crushed red pepper was just perfect. I will absolutely be making this again when the regular NFL season starts, and I hope you will too!

Printable Recipe
Serves 4-6

ingredients:
1 loaf crusty Italian bread, thinly sliced
olive oil, for drizzling
1 clove garlic, cut in halves
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 bag baby spinach
salt, to taste
4 oz fontina cheese, shredded

instructions:
Cover a baking pan with foil, and lay the bread slices in a single layer. Drizzle each slice with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, or until slightly toasted.
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Once you take the bread out of the oven, rub each slice with the halved garlic.
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In a skillet, saute the olive oil and minced garlic for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add in the crushed red pepper, and spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.
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Top each slice of bread with the spinach mixture.
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Top the bread with the cheese.
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Return to the oven and cook 5-8 minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble.
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Enjoy!
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Adapted from Tara’s Multicultural Table

12 Comments
  • Kelly
    August 31, 2015

    Oh, wow!! I would be all over these!! 😀 I bet those were delicious!! Great choice for the SRC! 😀

  • Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    August 31, 2015

    I just happen to have every ingredient I need for this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • chelsea jacobs
    August 31, 2015

    These look so delicious! Definitely taking them to the next dinner party I go to!

  • SallyBR
    August 31, 2015

    These would be wonderful as an appetizer course for a dinner party… love the addition of spinach, that bit of color is great!

  • Our Eating Habits
    August 31, 2015

    Looks so good!

  • Amanda E
    August 31, 2015

    These look so impressive – but the recipe gives me hope that they are one of those “looks hard but isn’t” which are my favorite. Great SRC tailgate pick!

  • Sue Lau
    August 31, 2015

    These look very good to have with a beer at a game or with a glass of wine over an Italian dinner. Great choice for reveal day!

  • Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
    August 31, 2015

    I love Tara’s blog and can attest to those honey lime chicken enchiladas. 😉
    You chose a great recipe for today’s themed reveal, though! I have a carton of spinach in my fridge, too! Guess I know what I’m going to do with it now.

  • Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair
    August 31, 2015

    They look delicious! Great for any type of party and quick and easy to make. Great recipe for the SRC!

  • Tara
    August 31, 2015

    Thanks for the kind words and so glad you enjoyed them! Yours look delicious.

  • Sarah
    August 31, 2015

    Oh yum. Spinach and cheese is one of the best combinations ever. I would eat waaaay too many of these too!

  • Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    September 1, 2015

    Lucky you! I totally love Tara’s blog! That bruschetta looks amazing! P.S. I had fun browsing your food this month =)

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